Maxine Anderson receives Human Rights Commission honors

Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:44:00 am

On August 6, SF4D outreach director Maxine Anderson was honored by the SF Human Rights Commission for her longtime voting rights activism within the city.  The current advocacy co-chair of the SF League of Women Voters, Max has worked hard to inform voters through LOWV forums as well as hosting our own programs.  "At some point in your life, you have to stop complaining about the situation and do something," she said in her acceptance speech, in typical Max fashion.  "The more information people have about things like ballot measures, the more likely they are to make a good decision."  One would hope.

Max was in good company; the other honoree was folksinger Faith Petric, who died in 2013 at the age of 98.  Known as the "Fort Knox of Folk Music" for her outstanding memory, Petric was a lifelong human rights activist who raised money in her folk club to finance a trip to Selma in 1964.  After the march, she stayed behind to help organize and to collect folk songs from the other marchers.  In more recent years, Faith was a member of the antiwar Women in Black and the Raging Grannies.  Besides singing at countless benefits, she continued to host a weekly jam session at her Haight Street house until her 95th year.

Organizations honored for advancing voting rights were the UCSF "White Coats for Black Lives," and the League of Women Voters of San Francisco.


Tags: Maxine Anderson, San Francisco Human Rights Commission, HERO Award


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